Tigers Roll Past UT Martin, 102-80
Will Coleman scored a career-high 20 points and added seven rebounds off the bench to lead the Memphis Tigers (5-0) past the UT Martin Skyhawks 102-80 Tuesday night at FedExForum.
Tigers On TV/Radio/Web Television: SportSouth/Comcast digital channel 52 (Pete Pranica, play-by-play; Sean Tuohy, color analyst)
Radio: WREC 600 AM (Dave Woloshin, play-by-play; Matt Dillon, color analyst; Forrest Goodman, studio host)
SETTING THE SCENE
Memphis (3-2) hosts UT Martin (2-4) Thursday, Nov. 29 at FedExForum. The game, to be televised on SportSouth, is scheduled for a 7 p.m. (CT) tip.
The Tigers return to regular non-conference action after playing their last four contests in the 2012 Battle 4 Atlantis. Memphis went 2-2 in the four-game tournament, posting wins over Samford and Northern Iowa and falling to VCU and Minnesota.
The Tigers are in the Also Receiving Votes category of both national polls, coming in No. 33 in the Associated Press poll and No. 34 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll.
Prior to its participation in the 2012 Battle 4 Atlantis, Memphis opened its 2012-13 campaign with an 81-66 win over North Florida Nov. 12.
Memphis returns four starters and 11 letterwinners from last year's squad.
UT Martin has a 2-4 record to start the 2012-13 campaign.
The Skyhawks return four starters and eight letterwinners from their 2011-12 squad that posted a 4-27 overall record.
WHAT'S UP NEXT
The Tigers return to action Wednesday, Dec. 5 with a home contest against Ohio University (5-0). The game, to be televised on the CBS Sports Network, is slated for a 6 p.m. (CT) tip.
UT Martin returns to the court this Saturday, Dec. 1 with a home contest against Kennesaw State. Game time is 6 p.m. (CT).
WHAT THE SKYHAWKS DID A YEAR AGO
UT Martin posted a 4-27 overall record and a 0-16 Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) mark in 2011-12.
The Skyhawks finished in 11th place in the OVC regular-season standings.
SCOUTING THE SKYHAWKS
UT Martin brings a 2-4 overall record into Thursday's match-up.
The Skyhawks are 2-2 in their last four outings with wins over Fontbonne and Lyon College and setbacks to Arkansas State and Bradley. The loss to Arkansas State came in triple overtime.
Sophomore forward Myles Taylor leads five Skyhawks averaging double-figure in scoring at 16.2 ppg. UT Martin's other four double-figure scorers are Mike Liabo (12.8 ppg), Justin Childs (11.2 ppg), Bobby Jones (10.0 ppg) and Jeremy Washington (10.0 ppg). Washington has missed the last two games due to a knee injury.
Taylor leads the Skyhawks on the glass with a 7.5 rebounding average, and Childs is the squad's top playmaker with a 3.8 assists average (23 total assists).
Jones (41.4 percent) and Liabo (35.1 percent) are UT Martin's top three-point shooters.
The Shyhawks are shooting 39.3 percent from the field, 32.8 percent from the arc and 78.2 percent from the free throw line.
UT Martin is out-rebounding its opponents by a narrow average margin of +0.4 (40.7-40.3).
The Skyhawks defense is forcing their foes into nearly 18 turnovers per game (17.7).
A PRESIDENT DIVIDED?
While any person's feelings run deep for his/her alma mater, Tiger Nation can rest assured that University of Memphis president Shirley Raines will be dressed out in Blue and Gray for Thursday's contest versus UT Martin.
Raines is a UT Martin graduate and earned her Bachelor of Science degree from that institution in 1967.
MEMPHIS VS. THE OHIO VALLEY
Memphis has an all-time 106-65 record (.620 winning percentage) against current Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) members.
The Tigers have played Austin Peay (17-4), Belmont (2-0), Eastern Kentucky (3-0), Jacksonville State (1-1), Morehead State (0-2), Murray State (34-27), Southeast Missouri (2-2), Tennessee Martin (13-5), Tennessee State (8-0) and Tennessee Tech (27-24). The Tigers have never played Eastern Illinois and SIU Edwardsville.
The last time Memphis played an OVC foe was last season when the Tigers hosted two OVC opponents at FedExForum. Memphis split those two OVC encounters, posting a 91-60 win over Austin Peay and dropping a 76-72 decision to Murray State.
The city of Memphis will be well represented in Thursday's contest between the Tigers and Skyhawks.
The squads combine to have 10 players from Memphis area on the two rosters.
UT Martin has three players -- Bobby Jones (Trezevant High School), Corderio Maclin (Ridgeway High School) and DeMarc Richardson (Briarcrest Christian School) -- that call the Memphis area home. Jones and Maclin are from Memphis, while Richardson calls Eads, a Memphis suburb, home.
Thursday's game has former high school teammates that now will be foes at the college level.
Tigers junior Tarik Black and Skyhawks senior Corderio Maclin were teammates at Ridgeway High School in 2008-09. That season, Black and Maclin helped lead the Roadrunners to a 34-3 overall record and the state championship.
Memphis freshman Anthony Cole and UT Martin freshman DeMarc Richardson were teammates at Briarcrest Christian School for the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons. Cole and Richardson helped lead the Saints to two sub-state titles and back-to-back state tournament appearances.
TIGERS LOVE THOSE LONG HOMESTANDS
The Tigers open a seven-game homestand Thursday when they host UT Martin at FedExForum. In the seven-game home stretch, Memphis also hosts Ohio Dec. 5, Austin Peay Dec. 8, No. 5/6 Louisville Dec. 15, Lipscomb Dec. 20, Oral Roberts Dec. 28 and Loyola, Md., Dec. 30.
This seven-game homestand is the longest since 2008-09 when the Tigers also played seven-straight home games in December and early January. Memphis posted a 6-1 record in that homestand, with the lone loss coming to No. 11 Syracuse.
To find a longer homestand in Tigers history, one has to go all the way back to the 1979-80 campaign when the Tigers played nine-straight at home from Dec. 1, 1979-Jan. 3, 1980. Memphis went 7-2 in that homestand.
The following are the longest Memphis homestands since 1974-75 and the Tigers' record during those homestands:
Longest Homestands Since 1974-75
No. of Games
PASTNER, JAMES AMONG THE NCAA COACHING YOUNG GUNS
Thursday's Memphis-UT Martin contest features two of the youngest head coach at the NCAA Division I level in the Tigers Josh Pastner and Skyhawks Jason James.
Both coaches took over their respective programs in 2009-10.
Pastner is the NCAA Division I's 11th-youngest head coach, while James is the 10th-youngest.
The two head coaches both were born in 1977, and their birthdates are separared by 14 days (Pastner, Sept. 26; James, Oct. 10).
TIGERS VERSUS NCAA DIVISION I IN-STATE FOES
Memphis has an all-time 128-75 record (.631 winning percentage) against current in-state NCAA Division I basketball programs (12 total including Memphis).
The Tigers are playing three in-state NCAA Division I opponents this year in UT Martin Nov. 29, Austin Peay Dec. 8 and Tennessee Jan. 4.
Under head coach Josh Pastner, Memphis has a 10-2 record (.833 winning percentage) against in-state NCAA Division I foes. Pastner has coached against seven of the other 11 in-state NCAA Division I basketball schools.
TIGERS SUCCESS AT FEDEXFORUM
The Tigers have a 147-17 overall record (.896 winning percentage) at FedExForum since moving to the arena for the 2004-05 campaign.
Since the 2005 Conference USA Tournament, Memphis has won 137 of its last 148 home games (.926 winning percentage).
BEST HOMECOURT ADVANTAGE
Since 2004-05, Memphis has won 147 games at FedExForum, the most home wins in the country over that span of time.
The following are the top-five programs with the most home wins since 2004-05 (credit to former Memphis Athletics Communications Assistant Bryan McEldowney for compiling this list):